Chocolate Pear Cake

Fantastic Chocolate and Poached Pear Cake

Funny story, we made this Pear Chocolate Cake for the first time just a few days before it appeared on the cover of Bake from Scratch magazine. Our pictures were so similar for a second we thought they published our photo. But that was just a coincidence proving that great minds think alike =) We’ve never compared the recipes but can tell you that our version is excellent. This dessert is a pure chocolate delight with tender pears inside.
Chocolate Pear Cake Recipe

Chocolate Pear Cake Recipe

Autumn Pear Chocolate Cake Recipe

Fantastic Chocolate Pear Cake


  • water – 3 cups
  • cognac – 1/2 cup optional
  • sugar – 2 cups
  • vanilla pot – 1 cut in half and scraped
  • Bosc pears – 3 peeled
  • all-purpose flour – 1 cup
  • cacao – 2 tablespoons
  • sugar – 1 cup
  • salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • buttermilk or kefir – 1 cup
  • large egg – 1
  • vegetable oil – 2 tablespoon
  • baking spray
  • warm chocolate syrup for serving optional


  • In a medium pot combine the water, sugar, cognac, and vanilla pod. Bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the pears to a simmering syrup. Cook for 40-50 minutes, until pears are soft.
  • Remove the pears from the syrup, drain and cool completely.
  • In a medium bowl mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • In another bowl combine buttermilk, egg, and vegetable oil. Whisk until well mixed.
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture into the bowl with the flour. Stir with a whisk until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and arrange the pears bottom side down in line.
  • Bake for 60 minutes.
  • Allow sitting for 25 minutes on a cooling rack before removing the cake from the pan.
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